Much of Chris’ practice involves working closely with SMEs, often born out of promising academic research by major UK universities, helping them to develop effective intellectual property strategies and secure multi-million pound investments. He also works with in-house patent attorneys and senior executives at major multinationals, and has expertise in worldwide patent prosecution.
Chris has particular experience in relation to fuel cell technologies, mobile phone antennas, metal coatings, oil and gas exploration and medical devices.
After taking his first degree in natural sciences and a postgraduate diploma in computer science at Christ’s College Cambridge, Chris entered the profession directly in 1991, training with a large private practice firm in London. He qualified in 1995, and joined HGF as a partner in 1999.
Chris is fluent in German, and is experienced in acting before the Opposition and Appeal Divisions of the European Patent Office in Munich.
Chris heads the Engineering team in HGF's Leeds office, and was awarded "Best for SME IP Strategy - UK" in the Acquisition International Legal Awards 2015.